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Woodford County MRC

Mission: Strengthen community response to disasters that affect Woodford County through the development of a team of volunteers composed of health professionals and support staff: Trained to support first responder agencies in time of disaster; trained to assist in a public health emergency, providing surge capacity to address public health challenges and promote public health priorities in non-disaster time. 

Vision: The Woodford County Health Department MRC will be a widely recognized and respected community resource.


Volunteer Deployment Manual

Shelter Response Team

Volunteers are needed to assist at a shelter the next time one is needed in Woodford County. A shelter may be opened in response to a severe weather event. Shelters have been opened after snow and ice storms in the past and remained open for up to seven (7) days.Training is provided. Registering as a volunteer does not mean you have to be available. It adds to the list of individuals that can be contacted if a shelter needs to be opened.

For additional information please contact Geri  (859-873-4541)

MRC: What Does the Team Do?

The Woodford County Health Department Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) are volunteers trained to help in an emergency. The unit started in 2003, after an ice storm left the community without power for seven (7) days.

The health department and emergency management work together on the MRC initiative. The Team is recognized in the county emergency operations plan as a community asset and assigned response roles. The unit is housed in the health department. It is trained in Incident Command and recognized by the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General on the National Website:

Volunteers on the team have medical and non-medical backgrounds. The minimum age to volunteer is 18 years. Non-medical volunteers will fill support roles in an emergency. MRC volunteers may be activated to assist the health department or other emergency response agencies. . Examples of when volunteers may be needed include: Severe weather (earthquake, tornado, ice storm, flooding), a community-wide mass medication clinic for the public to receive antibiotics or vaccine in a short time span, or to support a shelter.

Potential volunteers should call the health department. The Woodford County Unit Coordinator has access to information in the database of volunteers that live in Woodford County. A criminal record check is required on all volunteers. It is done by the KY State Police. For additional information contact Geri Tincher, Woodford County MRC Unit Coordinator or 859-873-4541.

Team Strengths:

  1. Volunteers are committed to assisting, if they are available, during time of need.
  2. Pre-credientialed and pre-trained volunteers are a resource in time of disaster.
  3. Volunteers train to work as a team.

Volunteers Have the Opportunity to Train in CERT

What is CERT?

The CERT Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact the area and trains the volunteer in basic disaster response skills: fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

CERT trainers include Woodford County Emergency Management, Woodford County Emergency Medical Services and the Versailles Fire Department. The volunteer will learn how to use the classroom training to assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in the community. For additional information or to register for the next CERT class contact Woodford County Emergency Management (859-873-3170) or

How does CERT benefit the community?

People who go through CERT Training have a better understanding of the potential threats to their home, workplace and community and can take the right steps to lessen the effects of these hazards on themselves, their homes or workplace. If a disaster happens that overwhelms local response capability, CERT members can apply the training learned in the classroom and during exercises to give critical support to their family, loved ones, neighbors or associates in their immediate area until help arrives. When help does arrive, CERTs provide useful information to responders and support their efforts, as directed, at the disaster site.

Why take CERT Training?

Local government prepares for everyday emergencies. However, there can be an emergency or disaster that can overwhelm the community’s immediate response capability. While adjacent jurisdictions, State and Federal resources can activate to help, there may be a delay for them getting to those who need them. CERT Training provides people with the the decision-making, organizational, and practical skills to offer immediate assistance to family members, neighbors, and associates while waiting for help. The goal of the CERT Program is to help people respond effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in unnecessary danger.

CERT Training

1. Disaster Preparedness / Incident Command

2. Fire Safety

3. Disaster Medical I

4. Disaster Medical II

5. Search & Rescue

6. Disaster Psychology / Communications

7. Terrorism / Weapons of Mass Destruction

8. Disaster Simulation (mock disaster to test skills learned)

9. Intro to Large Scale Clinics / Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) & Intro to National Incident Management System (NIMS)

10. MRC Standing Operating Guidelines & Team Recognition

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Earthquake Information From KY Emergency Management